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Nov. 8, 2018 6:31 pm

Snag-A-Slip now lets boaters rent out private dockage

The startup is looking to open access to more spots to tie up a boat.

Boats in Baltimore.

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With a new feature, Snag-A-Slip is offering a way for the boaters on its platform to rent out dock space when they aren’t using it.

The online boat slip reservatin company is now offering the option to book privately owned dockage, said CEO Dan Cowens. It adds a new option to a service that initially partnered with managers of marinas to offer open slips. It opens up “a whole new group of slips that we wouldn’t have had access to before,” Cowens said.

When it comes to the people providing the space to leave a boat, the new feature provides earning potential to people who may own a single slip, mooring or dock that’s at a home or other waterfront area. It can help to provide use for docks that otherwise sit vacant, as well as areas where there may be limited access to traditional marinas to drop anchor, Cowens said.

Owners can create a profile that offers a photo and description of the dock and surrounding amenities, as well as a way to name rates and when it’s available. The boater then contacts the owner to reserve space.

For boaters, Cowens sees a host of scenarios with arrangements that could provide access, for a day or throughout the course of a year.

“The flexibility now is limitless,” he said.

Geographically, it’s available from “Canada to the Caribbean,” as Snag-A-Slip has been. Cowens said the company launched feature launched at a conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a listing soon showed up in the Dominican Republic. “We have folks up and down the coast that are looking at it,” he said.

Snag-A-Slip raised $4.8 million in Series A funding last year, and now has a team of about 30 people, Cowens said. The company also opened a second office in Annapolis to go along with its presence in Baltimore’s City Garage, Cowens said.

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